Individuals

Your safety

How do I tell my story?

Bereaved

ABI (acquired brain injury)

Carers

Seriously injured

Teachers, students and road safety educators

Road safety experts

Fundraisers

Campaigners

Media

Drivers at fault

Lawyers

Emergency service workers, hospital staff and counsellors

Your Safety

We want you to be safe when you use this site. Below are some tips to keep in mind whilst participating in the community. While we have done everything we can to make you safe, your Internet safety is also up to you. When using the community please keep in mind the following safety tips:

 

Please take into consideration the fact that some members of this online community have Acquired Brain Injuries. Symptoms of ABI can include difficulties with behaving appropriately, and loss of inhibitions. We ask you to be understanding of these potential issues.

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How do I tell my story?

Within the community there are many ways to tell your story.

You can create a ‘memory space’ by uploading photos and captions to tell your story. Make one for someone who has passed away, or alternatively, create a memory space for yourself or to honour someone who has been seriously injured.

Write down your story. The expression may help you to understand and recover, and it may also help others as they learn how you were able to cope and get stronger. Sharing your story on the web in a web log is called blogging. You can blog by either writing or using a video, mobile phone or laptop camera to tell your story. Anyone who is affected by road trauma is welcome to tell their story here.

On this site, members’ public blog entries can be placed according to the time that has passed since the collision i.e. 1-6 months, 6-12 months, 1-2 years etc. This will help people understand that their reaction is probably similar to others.

If you are blogging about a collision that occurred many years ago, you can upload writing, poems or journal entries that you wrote at the time. These can be backdated so they sit in the appropriate place on the timeline.

Blogging is a process which can be added to over time. As well as the events which inspired your visit to this site, you might find that you want to blog about more positive issues. On your blog you can share experiences which might inspire others; for example, stories of organ donor success, medical miracles, and positive reconciliations between familles and drivers at fault.

When writing a blog, remember to write in accordance with the community guidelines, and not to get bogged down in small details. It is up to you who can read the blog, so think very carefully about who will read what you write – visitors to your page, community members, supporters, or your trusted inner circle.

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Bereaved

We hope you can use the site to create a memorial space and tell your story to educate others about road safety. We hope that by connecting with others to share your experience, your suffering will be lessened. When you have moved through your intense grief we hope you can offer support to others.

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ABI (acquired brain injury)

We hope you and your carers can use this site to tell your story to educate others about road safety. Depending on your level of ABI, some people may need to be supervised whist using the community. This will need to be assessed on an individual basis.

Please refer to our general notes on your safety

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Carers

We hope you can use the site to tell your story to educate others about road safety. We hope that carers can connect with other carers and find support.

If caring for someone with ABI, please assess whether they can use the online community unsupervised. If not, please ensure someone is supervising them whilst they are online.

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Seriously injured

We hope you can use the site to tell your story to educate others about road safety. We also hope that you will benefit from connecting with others to share your experience, and that you can share medical or health tips that have helped you… these tips could help others.

Please also share information about health services which have helped you. Your fellow community members may not know these services exist and could benefit from your knowledge.

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Teachers, students and road safety educators

Do you tell your story at schools to educate students about safe driving practises? Tell your story here too!

After speaking at schools, direct students here so they can learn more about you, your story and engage with other members’ experiences.

Please direct students to this community to read real stories about real people who have been affected by road trauma. This is a great platform and resource that can be used to show the very real and very personal effects of road trauma.

The JBRT Classroom Resources, funded by the AER (Alcohol Education and Rehabilitation) Foundation, were launched in May 2011.

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Road safety experts

When someone has been killed or seriously injured, the people involved learn the difficult lesson that they can’t change what has already happened. However, they can affect the future. They often become passionate campaigners with a strong desire to improve or change at least one small thing so that this doesn’t happen to anyone else.

Passionate people can make a difference! But they need your help… This community is a pool of volunteers who want to effect positive change, but they need your guidance to be educated, informed and - most importantly - effective.

We are currently raising money to build our campaign section. In the meantime, please use forums to stimulate discussion and educate members. If you have road safety research that is written in a “digestible” format please post online for members to read.

We are following the MADD (Mothers against Drunk Driving) model. From its humble beginnings 25 years ago, MADD has evolved into one of the most widely supported and well-liked non-profit organisations in America. What began as a handful of mothers with a mission to stop drink driving has evolved into an educated and effective group of road safety campaigners. These mothers, with the guidance of road safety experts, have now helped save thousands of lives!

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Fundraisers

Did you raise money in your local area to make something positive come out of your experience? If so, how? Post your story explaining to others how you did it so they can do the same in their local area.

If you don’t have a cause in mind, we invite you to raise funds for Journey Beyond Road Trauma. Please see our donation page to learn about the features we want to add to this online community. Please help us make this community stronger for everyone.

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Campaigners

When someone has been killed or seriously injured, the people involved learn the difficult lesson that they can’t change what has already happened. However, they can affect the future. They often become passionate campaigners with a strong desire to improve or change at least one small thing so that this doesn’t happen to anyone else.

Passionate people can make a difference! Using this community, you can team up with like-minded people across Australia who want to achieve the same outcomes as you do. Combine forces to evoke positive change.

We are currently raising money for a more extensive campaign section. In the meantime, form a group for your campaign.

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Collaborate with others who share your passion. Unity is strength, and by pooling resources and networks you can achieve your goals.

Please let us know of any success you have so we can share this with the community.

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Media

We appreciate any efforts to promote the Journey Beyond Road Trauma community. If you are a reporter and a community member please make sure that you are logged out when filming the site. That way you will only record public content.

If you want to approach community members to include them in your story then please do so through us.

We have marketing materials available here. Finally, it would be great if you uploaded your segment or article to the community.

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Drivers at fault

As mentioned in the community guidelines, we welcome to this community those drivers at fault who want to tell their story to educate others. Depending on the circumstances, you may choose to use a screen name rather than your real name. You may also prefer not to link yourself to a crash on Google Maps.

Drivers may want to talk candidly with other drivers, so you may wish to create a specific group where drivers at fault can connect in private.

If you are a driver who is here for the purposes of educating others, we will not accept people being abusive towards you. Your safety is important to us too; please contact us if you are abused in any way.

A note from Sandra Cook, the site founder:

I have to write this, so for those to whom it does not apply, please ignore the following: Whilst I find this hard to accept, I have been told by numerous social organisations that some drivers may attempt to use this community as a space to torment the families affected by their actions. We will not tolerate this kind of behaviour in any way and if it is seen on this site it will be reported to the relevant authorities.

 

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Lawyers

We welcome lawyers to participate in the community if they want to help raise awareness of the way the legal system works in general terms.

Lawyers cannot use the site to trawl for new clients.

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Emergency service workers, hospital staff and counsellors

We hope that emergency service workers and people affected by road trauma in the course of their profession will tell their stories in this community to educate others about road safety. This is also a great space to connect with others and express the effects of the work that you do.

Please also use the site to promote and extend the education programs that you run.

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